Regardless of your political leanings, I think it’s always cool to see handcrafts used as part of a political statement, and that’s happening in a big way with the Pussyhat Project.
The idea is to outfit as many women as possible in cat-ear hats for the Women’s March on Washington happening on January 21. The project is the brainchild of Kat Coyle, Kristen Suh and Jayna Zweiman, and the pattern — a simple flat hat with ribbed edges — quickly became one of the most popular patterns of the year at Ravelry.
I knit one, and I have to say I completely misinterpreted the directions and messed it up pretty royally (I didn’t get that the hat was supposed to be folded in half and only seamed along the sides, so I ended up making my own version with a three-needle bind off at the top). I’m planning to make some more — a friend requested a blue one — but I think I’ll do a normal knit in the round pattern with a bound off top instead of working it the way the pattern suggests.
The idea behind the hats is great, combining traditional women’s work and the color pink and a play on a word the president-elect has used to refer to women in a derogatory way, in a way reclaiming it as our own.
Even if you aren’t going to Washington or don’t know anyone who is, you can mail your hats to D.C. if you get them done in time. There are crocheted and sewn versions of the pattern as well. I hope to get a few more done and pass them on to whoever can use them from my state’s marching delegation. And I might make one for myself, too.
Have you knit any pussyhats? I’d love to hear about it.
[Illustration by Aurora Lady, via Pussyhat Project.]